The Bayelsa State Governor Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has called for the immediate withdrawal of soldiers deployed to monitor the election.
Governor Dickson specifically accused the Soldiers of colluding with the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to rig election in seven wards in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
Making the allegation during a live radio interview on Monday in Yenagoa, the governor said despite calls by the stakeholders for postponement of the election as a result of the security challenges, which led to the death of no fewer than five persons, INEC went ahead without addressing the issue.
Governor Dickson called for the timely intervention of the international community to prevail on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal government to ensure fairness.
According to him: “What the Nigerian Government is doing is a coup against democracy and subversion of my authority as governor and even of the peace and security of this state.
“If you asked, who is creating this mess, it is the APC-led Federal Government deploying for the first time the military personnel to humiliate and attack people and forcing them to vote midnight. It has never happened anywhere in this Country.
“They reason for this avoidable mess in Southern Ijaw is because by the calculation of the APC led government with tacit support of the military to forcefully hijack some election materials on that Sunday so that they can aid APC to write results without voting.”
The Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said the development is unacceptable as it negates all known democratic norms.
Secondus promised Dickson the party’s support in fighting against political criminality and injustice.
He called on Buhari to immediately call to order the Minister of Defence, General Mohammed Dan Ali (rtd); the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai; the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and the top brass of other security agencies.
His words: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our governor and the good people of Bayelsa State. So far, so good, what we have heard from Southern Ijaw is shameful and this anti democratic measure being taking by the Federal government, asking the soldiers to conduct election is absolutely unacceptable.
“Elections have been conducted in all the other parts of the Country. I have not seen this type of invasion by the military. Our advice to Buhari and the Country is that the country is gradually sliding into a collapse democratically. He should tell the Minister of Defecnce and Chief of Army Staff that what they are doing in Bayelsa State is wrong and should be condemned.”
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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